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PS5 With Disc Drive No Longer Sold at a Loss

PS5 With Disc Drive No Longer Sold at a Loss - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2021 / 3,947 Views

Sony Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki during Sony’s recent quarterly earnings call revealed the $499 PlayStation 5 console that comes with a disc drive is no longer sold at a loss. 

Totoki did add that the $399 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is still sold at a loss, however, it is on track to have its loss offset by other hardware sales, such peripherals and the PlayStation 4. 

PS5 With Disc Drive No Longer Sold at a Loss

Sony also announced today it had shipped 10.1 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of June 30, 2021. Sony shipped 0.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the quarter, to bring lifetime PS4 shipment figures to 116.5 million units. 

PS5 sell-through to consumers topped 10 million units as of July 18, 2021, while the PS4 did not reach this milestone until three weeks later.

Thanks, Bloomberg.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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9 Comments
LivncA_Dis3 (on 04 August 2021)

Wow not even a year and they already gaining profits what a monster ps5!

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yo33331 (on 04 August 2021)

You mentioned on two different articles the total shipment number for PS4 is 116.5M
But then 500k ship units. Till march they were 115.9M. So that makes 116.4M, So lastly what is the total number ?

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VAMatt yo33331 (on 04 August 2021)

Maybe there's some rounding in there. If they were at 115.94 units, and sold another 520k, they'd be at 116.46, which might be expressed as 116.5 million.

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Signalstar (on 04 August 2021)

Interesting. Sony is using PS4 sales to offset the loss on hardware on the PS5 DE, yet they are shipping such a small number of PS4 consoles to market.

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thismeintiel Signalstar (on 04 August 2021)

Probably not selling that many discless ones, plus the amount of money they make on a $299 PS4, makes up for most of it's losses I'm guessing.

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VAMatt thismeintiel (on 04 August 2021)

If probably costs them less than $100 to make, package, and ship a PS4 at this point.

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DonFerrari (on 05 August 2021)

Didn't we already know that?

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yvanjean (on 05 August 2021)

Technically it was only the system that sold at a loss, if you consider the entire initial purchase of a new PS5 owner, extra controller and 1-2 games. Sony was profitable day 1.

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fauzman yvanjean (on 22 August 2021)

Well thats not guaranteed though. I bought my ps5 without buying any additional games, controller or accessories.

But on topic, great to hear they are ogetting back to profitability.

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